How to wash soft toys safely: The secrets you need to know

Do you know how to wash soft toys safely ?

It can be such a worry can’t it!

My son has this orang-utan

He is a much loved, much cuddled, well travelled bear who lives in our house. He most certainly needs a wash.

Do you have someone like that living in your house? Mr. Orangutan once got left in Greece. Many tears ensued and oh my goodness were we completely delighted when the very kind owners of the villa we stayed in found him and sent him home.

He had been most carefully looked after ever since.

Favourite teddies are most precious aren’t they!

‘Care For Your Bear’ is a new campaign launched by Dettol to encourage us to get washing our children’s soft toys.

 

Should we wash soft toys

The campaign aims to highlight the importance of keeping children’s soft toys hygienically clean, especially after they have been ill, in order to keep our kids healthy and stop the germs spreading. It makes total sense right? We all do that don’t we?

 

How to wash soft toys safely The secrets you need to know

Don’t we?

Dettol found that the vast majority of teddies are not washed after a child has been ill and that 20% of our kids favourite cuddlies have in fact never ever been washed. Oops.

It’s all a bit ick!

 

How often should we wash soft toys

Dettol’s research showed that 25% of teddy bears contained bacteria linked to faeces and 66% contained straphylococcus aureus which is a microbe linked to skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning.

Have look at the infographic and I bet you’ll be gathering teddies to wash just as soon as you finish reading! It’s a actually a serious health hazard not to ….

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I have to say part of what puts me off washing teddies is the fact I do not want to spoil them or my clothes. Bear-ing that in mind, here is some teddy washing advice…

How to wash soft toys safely

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You can pop over to the  Dettol Care For Your Bear Twitter page @DettolTeddy to find out more

If you have a tip for how to wash soft toys do leave us a comment below and don’t forget to check out our other parenting posts.

 

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2 Comments

  1. November 19, 2015 / 6:23 am

    Eeek! My daughter has a much-loved bear. He gets washed about once a year at the most (we always hand wash him). The main thing that puts me off washing him is him not being dry in time for bed. She’s generally very careful about hygiene, but always picks him up straight after she’s been to the toilet, before she washes her hands! I might be giving him a quick wash now I’ve read this.
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  2. November 21, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Thats scary but true i now i think about it just because i cant see any ikkies on his teddys doesnt mean there not there. My worry wpuld be ruining his teddys especially his 1st ones but id rather he didnt catch anything or become ill. Teddy shall be going in the wash.
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